Before Grace was born, I looked into using sign language with infants. Ã‚ I found a plethora of information about its benefits, and I was looking forward to trying it out. Ã‚ My book said to begin between six and nine months of age. Ã‚ I never got around to signing during the school year, but started as soon as Grace and I were home together this summer. Ã‚
- The More sign has been a success. Ã‚ She does the sign when she wants to play longer and when she wants more to eat. Ã‚ I’m going to start using it more often, so she’ll see it in different contexts. Ã‚
- She’s never done the Eat sign. Ã‚ I still show it to her, and I think she’ll get it eventually.
- The Drink sign was the first one she did. Ã‚ We were in Sam’s Club one day, and Grace made the sign. Ã‚ I gave her a drink, she lapped it down, and all was good. Ã‚
Except… Somewhere along the way, Grace began to associate the Drink sign with getting what she wanted. Ã‚ It stopped being about thirst.
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